LMAS Shelter Reaches Max Capacity; Announces All FREE Adoptions and WAIVED Reclaim Fees for Unclaimed Pets

September 15, 2022

Agency has less than five open kennels and almost 100 adoptable cats and dogs


Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) shelter is operating at maximum capacity again, creating an urgent need to reduce the kennel population. To make room for the ongoing influx of stray pets, LMAS announces WAIVED reclaim fees for unclaimed pets; and FREE adoptions for all cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies. Every dog adoption also includes a large bag of food.

In the past two weeks, LMAS has taken in 330 stray cats and dogs.

“Shelters nationwide are struggling and we really need community members to foster or adopt a dog. Maintaining our No-Kill status takes a village, and our city shelter can’t do it without you,” said Ashley Book, interim shelter director. “We’re asking owners who are searching for a missing pet to visit the shelter. If you are planning to add a new four-legged friend to your family, make Animal House Adoption Center your first stop.”

Adoption fees are waived for approved adopters, thanks to the non-profit, Friends of Metro Animal Services (FOMAS) (https://www.fomaslou.org/)  and the Pay It Forward Free Adoptions Program.

Spay-Neuter, microchip, and vaccinations are included. Approved adopters can also foster-to-adopt eligible dogs. Adoption fees are waived but there is still a review and approval process. Jefferson County residents must also purchase a one-year renewable pet license, a requirement of the Louisville Metro Animal Ordinance. LMAS’ Animal House Adoption Center is located at 3516 Newburg Road. Walk-ins are welcome from 12-6pm daily and Fridays until 7pm.

Redemption fees are waived for unclaimed pet. Owners can claim their impounded pet Monday-Saturday from 12-6pm, at the LMAS Harshaw Family Foundation Shelter, located at 3528 Newburg Road. Redemption fees will only be waived for pet owners with no previous violations, and cover microchipping, spay-neuter, licensing and vaccination fees. Court fees will not be waived. LMAS will work with owners who have outstanding balances and want to reclaim their pet.

To view adoptable pets or stray pets currently at the LMAS Shelter, click here

At the start of his administration, Mayor Greg Fischer pledged to replace the city’s only open intake shelter, which had operated for decades as a high-kill shelter. Today, with the opening of a state-of-the-art Harshaw Family Foundation Animal Shelter in 2019 and Alley Cat Advocates headquarters in 2020, all the city’s animal-related services are located on one campus on Newburg Road, where residents can adopt a pet, purchase or renew a pet license or take a stray pet. In 2017, LMAS qualified as a No Kill Shelter for time and space for the first time, achieving a 92.8% live release rate for animals that entered the shelter. LMAS’ live release rate increased to 94.99% in 2021, and it continues its status as a No Kill Shelter for time and space.

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